modern geometric canvas art

i’m bringing back some old posts for you  to enjoy!

remember my canvas from yesterday?  i thought i’d show you a little how-to so you can do it too!  it was super easy and i want to make a million more.  i’m thinking covering a whole wall like this would be amazing!

so this is the original i wanted to copy was inspired by.  isn’t it amazing?!  i love the randomness, the use of colors and neutrals, and the fact that the artist left some spots unpainted.

nicole decided to make one as well for her guest house.  her’s is the bigger one on the right.  i ended up making mine more of a parchment color, different from what is pictured here.  the grey was too close to my existing wall color (silver sage by restoration hardware).  we used a mix of acrylic craft paints – grey white, brown, gold – and just squirted them all over randomly then brushed over them to blend and smooth them out a bit.  we made sure to get the edges at the same time so we had the same mix of colors at the edge to match the canvas.  i also used some water to dilute my paint a bit, too.

this was the trickiest part, but still super easy, just a bit time consuming.  we first decided what size we wanted our circles to be.  we ended up using an upside down drinking glass.  i measured the diameter of the top of the glass (3 1/2) then divided that number by 2 and got 1 3/4″.  so that’s the spacing we used for the stripes, vertically and horizontally.  after all of those lines were marked we used the glass and just traced with a pencil around it to make the circles.

then came the fun part!  i just randomly used colors, mixing a few together, and filled in the “petals”.  i found it was kind of hard to be random, like being intentionally unintentional ;)

i use a super fancy tray for mixing my paints – a pie tin.  when i mixed my paints, i didn’t want to color to be solid so i dipped my brush in a few colors at a time and let them mix a little on the canvas.

i kept my laptop out to refer back to the original.  i kept wanting to add more color, but new i’d get too rainbow-y if i didn’t balance it with neutrals and blank spots.

our finished art!  nicole’s is totally different from mine – she had a color pallet she was working with and i was going more random.  i love how both of them turned out!

so fun!





  1. 1

    Lovely way to boost a deco! Thanks for sharing!
    I wish you very happy holidays!

  2. 3

    Wow the art work came out pretty awesome! Happy NYE!

  3. 4

    Love this! I have begun dabbling with paint and this looks like a very dabbler-friendly project. Great idea to keep the original painting in front of you on the computer! I am in the process of painting from a photo I took. I bet scanning it into my computer would make it easier to paint from. Thank you for sharing!!

  4. 5

    LOVE this project! Question though, does your finished piece have any pencil lines? Did you go over it with an eraser (or something) after you were done painting?

    • 6

      it does have the pencil lines. you could go back and erase them, but i really liked how they looked and made the piece look “in progress”.

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    • 8

      I am not sure if you are replying to Lindsey or to those of us who commented. I would love to know about your etching supplies. I blog at

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